Bayonne’s Alexan CityView: Country’s Largest LEED for Homes Multi-Family Community

The 544-unit Alexan CityView rental development in Bayonne, New Jersey is the largest multi-family project to date to enroll in the LEED for Homes program.

Alexan CityView

Developed by Trammell Crow Residential, the 544-unit Alexan CityView rental development in Bayonne, New Jersey recently opened its leasing office. TCR, which worked closely with USGBC’s New Jersey chapter, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, and the New Jersey Clean Energy Program in building CityView, is calling the project the country’s largest multi-family development to apply to date under USGBC’s LEED for Homes system, though it’s unclear whether the application is proceeding under the new LEED-H Midrise (4 to 6 stories) pilot program.

In addition to LEED-standard design elements that are supporting a Silver application to USGBC, green features at CityView include a complex-wide recycling program, 165 covered bicycle racks, and free shuttle service to adjacent mass transit (light rail, ferry, and bus) into New York City. Residents will also receive discount Zipcar memberships. Individual apartments feature Energy Star-rated appliances and windows, efficient heating, cooling, and plumbing systems, and air filtration systems. Drought-tolerant plants and other native landscaping grace the grounds and will be maintained with an efficient sprinkler system. The complex includes a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with WiFi and a heated outdoor pool and sundeck.

Alexan CityView sits on 297 acres and is located at 302 Constitution Avenue in Bayonne. The complex offers studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units at rents that range from $1595 to $3265. Washington, D.C.-based Kettler Property Management, Inc. is providing property management services and, according to TCR, CityView offers sweeping panoramic views of Manhattan and the lower New York Harbor. The development is actually just the first piece of The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, a master plan that aims to redevelop Bayonne’s former Military Ocean Terminal into a mixed-use, waterfront district that would include six unique but connected neighborhoods, including two miles of bike paths and walkways. Notwithstanding the current downturn, New Jersey will continue to develop its Gold Coast, so we’ll be keeping an eye on whether similar projects- either in The Peninsula or elsewhere- follow CityView by incorporating similar sustainable design features.

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Stephen Del Percio has written for gbNYC+ since 2006 and currently serves as in-house counsel for one of the world's largest engineering, construction, and technical services companies. He earned a B.Eng. from Columbia, his J.D. at William & Mary, and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter. You can follow Stephen on Twitter, email him at stephen@gbNYC.com, or join gbNYC on Facebook to continue the conversation.

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